Audie Award Nominee, Personal Development, 2013
Your toddler throws a tantrum in the middle of a store. Your preschooler refuses to get dressed. Your fifth-grader sulks on the bench instead of playing on the field. Do children conspire to make their parents’ lives endlessly challenging? No - it’s just their developing brain calling the shots!
In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the best-selling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson demystify the meltdowns and aggravation, explaining the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures.
The “upstairs brain”, which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. And, especially in young children, the right brain and its emotions tend to rule over the logic of the left brain. No wonder kids can seem - and feel - so out of control. By applying these discoveries to everyday parenting, you can turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child’s brain and foster vital growth. Raise calmer, happier children using twelve key strategies, including:
Complete with clear explanations, age-appropriate strategies for dealing with day-to-day struggles, and illustrations that will help you explain these concepts to your child, The Whole-Brain Child shows you how to cultivate healthy emotional and intellectual development so that your children can lead balanced, meaningful, and connected lives.
©2012 Daniel J Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
This book focuses on promoting the psycho-social development of your child(ren). Which, in my opinion, is of vital importance in today's culture. If you get this book thinking it will help you earn your kid a few more IQ points or improve her math grades, you'll have to take a step back and look at the big picture. Confident, secure, and articulate people are more likely to perform to their full potential in every aspect of their lives, than people who hold themselves back. This book provided useful tools that I have been able to apply successfully with my 3 year old son, as well as tools I am keeping in mind for when he is older. I highly recommend this book for anyone with children up through pre-adolescence. I think they have a separate book for the teen years.
There is a male and female narrator who switch back and forth reading sections. The female narrator doesn't have a good voice for it, although she gives a flawless performance. But the pacing is fine. The sections that are meant for young kids are a little annoying to hear, and the appendix is a snooze. But otherwise the performance does not detract from the book.
This book has so many valuable nuggets of information that you'll want to reference throughout parenting, that it's worth buying the book to be able to see some of the tables and charts. It's great information and what I liked most is that it balanced the neuroscience and the application of science perfectly, so that no concept was too theoretical - everything was highly practical and applicable to daily life.
This audiobook teaches so much about HOW the brain works. I bought the book (paper) but having 8 kids...um...I rarely had time to read. So, I downloaded it and was able to listen to it while I did other things and...it's just worth the listen. I will listen to this again.
One thing this book brought out...about the importance of "telling our story" was actually very important to me at the time I heard it. Shortly after listening to this...I lost my 3 year old at Disney. Formerly, I might have thought it good that she "forget" about it...but instead we told and retold that story to each other every day often for a long time...and she seems now to have no weird "fears" about being lost...
It along with the other books I've read by these authors continue to provide more usable and helpful information.
Not one, but many, OMG moments. But the best part was the first time I applied the information with my son. Amazing
Both authors make the listening easy and light. It's not like a textbook. They don't speak to just one audience. My 4 year old likes to listen to it because of the friendly, familiar tone they deliver with unlike others
I always knew what not to do, but now I know what to do. And even as an adult how to apply it myself
This text explains how to apply the authors' studies of the plasticity of the brain to develop and integrate your child's (and your own) mind. It's intelligent and clear, and I couldn't stop listening!
Feelings are a state of mind, and temporary, rather than a fixed personality trait. This is a useful and freeing idea.
This book was extremely helpful with the reaccurring chaos of raising 3 kids under the age of 6. Understanding the root of the problem has gone a long way to reducing my stress level and my kids are less stressed too. I would highly recommend this book to any parent.
There were some solid concepts, but the narration was dry, and it just seemed to drag on too repetitively. I had a lot higher hopes, as a counselor recommended this to me. The summary chart chapters by age at the end of the book would have made a great podcast that would have covered enough.
Completely changed how I interacted with my children and has had a positive effect on our whole family. After years of being in education, I have finally found a great way to teach my kids about their brains and emotions. Like they said teaching your children to thrive in situations can impact future generations of your family. Would recommend this to anyone.
I am a bilingual high school teacher. I mostly read non-fiction, especially history, but I am also a sucker for science-fiction and fantasy novels.
I really enjoyed the first half of this book. The concept of using neuroscience to help make good parenting choices was attractive to me and as a parenting book this is not a preachy, judgmental, or excessively ideological one. It emphasizes twelve strategies for helping kids develop good mental health maintenance and self-reflection skills that are related to integrating the various parts of the brain together so kids can learn to make good choices, manage big emotions, process difficult experiences, and overall feel in control of their thoughts and state of mind. The tools they provide are practical and are designed to complement other parenting strategies, not become the One True Parenting Way as is presented by many books on how to raise a well-rounded child.
While I liked and agreed with the integration aspects of the book, and to some extent with the implicit/explicit memory sections, once the topic turned to the authors' pet theory, called "mindsight", I found it much less credible. The metaphor of the bicycle wheel gets stretched pretty far, and despite being a pretty introspective person, I honestly found it hard to follow or visualize. It seems much better suited to use in formal therapy, if it works for the patient, rather than in parenting. How many parents are going to be able to rattle off a long guided visualization about the rim and the spokes and the hub and choosing different rim points... it was too complicated and too contrived to be useful. Unlike the rest of the book, which gave much more believable exchanges between parents and kids, the mindsight-related topics sounded contrived and the examples were from one author's therapy experiences, not from parenting moments, which is telling. I also felt like the message of "you can choose to feel differently/think about other things and that will solve your problems!" message to be not just unrealistic, but also potentially harmful for a young person struggling with a more serious mental health issue.
This audiobook is narrated by the authors. They are competent narrators, if a little slow-paced for my taste.
Four stars might be too generous but it is so much better than the average parenting book that I can ignore the less realistic parts and take away the most useful tools, which are good enough to make it worth rounding up in my opinion.
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